Michigan Radio, Feb 13 2013

This story includes historically racist language that some readers may find offensive.

We're in the midst of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

So your great uncle, the war re-enactor, is probably having the time of his life.

But for those who have trouble sitting through all nine episodes of the Ken Burns “Civil War” documentary, now there’s something for us, a new online archive is bringing Michigan’s Civil War letters into the Google Age.

Battle Creek Enquirer, Oct 18 2012

The Battle Creek-based International Food Protection Training Institute announced this week it would work with the government of Saudi Arabia to establish a Regional Food Safety Academy there.

The academy will train Saudi Food and Drug Authority employees in partnership with Michigan State University and the Saudi government.

Michigan Radio, Oct 18 2012

Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring the use of Twitter in the classroom.  

The study suggests Twitter will change the way people communicate in the classroom.

Science Daily, Oct 17 2012

A few minutes of exercise can help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder perform better academically, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University researcher.

The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, shows for the first time that kids with ADHD can better drown out distractions and focus on a task after a single bout of exercise. Scientists say such "inhibitory control" is the main challenge faced by people with the disorder.

CBS Detroit, Oct 17 2012


The International Food Protection Training Institute announced Tuesday that it will assist the Saudi Food and Drug Authority in improving the food-safety training system in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region through a partnership led by Michigan State University.

The Training Institute will deliver professional-development training programs to Saudi Food and Drug Authority employees through MSU’s new Saudi Arabia Food SafetyEducation-Training Initiative Office., Oct 10 2012

Two unlikely lab-fellows at Michigan State University have teamed up to discover a bacteria that eats a toxic chemical and leaves behind pure gold.

Through their collaboration, which culminated in the art installation, "The Great Work of the Metal Lover," the pair discovered that the bacteria are at least 25 times stronger than previously reported among scientists.

The artwork uses a combination of biotechnology, art and alchemy to turn liquid gold into 24-karat gold in a portable laboratory – producing gold in front of an audience.

Industry Week, Oct 10 2012

A new study finds that 40% of manufacturing firms believe there is increased movement of production back to the U.S. from countries such as China and India.

The study, sponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, found that factors such as rising labor costs in emerging economies, high oil prices and transportation costs, and political instability are fueling the movement of manufacturing back to U.S. shores. Other factors include concerns about intellectual property and product quality., Oct 9 2012

At a recent academic conference, Michigan State University professor Natalie Phillips stole a glance around the room. A speaker was talking but the audience was fidgety. Some people were conferring among themselves, or reading notes. One person had dozed off.

Phillips, who studies 18th- and 19th-century literature, says the distracted audience made something pop in her head. Distractability is a theme that runs through many novels of Jane Austen, whom Phillips admires. It occurred to Phillips that there was a paradox in her own life when it came to distractability.

Huffington Post, Oct 9 2012

Since I wrote about Jane Austen and sex organs last week, it's only fair that I give the brain and mind equal time. (Plus, it's a good excuse to avoid the presidential debate.)

Science World (blog), Oct 9 2012

While cultural and societal factors have long been thought to influence how women see themselves in the mirror, a new study in Michigan has revealed that genetics may also play a role in making some women more vulnerable to the pressure of being thin.

Many people today, especially women, have taken the modern axiom, “Thin is In“ to heart.  So much so that a number of those pushing themselves to lose weight in order to become thin have developed serious problems such as the potentially deadly eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa.